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Miami Children's Hospital & Safe Kids Worldwide Offer Halloween Safety Tips
(10/30/2013)

Miami- Miami Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Worldwide wish you a Happy and Safe Halloween! Halloween safety is important for everyone from trick-or-treaters to grown-ups. In fact, children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. Some of the most common accidents include pedestrian injuries, burns and falls among children.

Here are some safety tips to remind parents and kids of the best ways to be prepared this Halloween:

FOR PARENTS:
• Make sure your child eats a good dinner before trick-or-treating.
• Costumes should be comfortable and flame resistant. Brighten things up by putting reflective
   strips, tape or glow sticks on the costume.
• Any props (like a sword) should be made of flexible plastic.
• Inspect all candy and throw away anything that seems suspicious.
• Give older children (if they’re going alone) a cell phone to call home, and make sure
   they wear a watch they can read in the dark. Set a time for children to return home.

FOR KIDS:
• Go with a grown-up.
• Walk! Don’t run.
• Visit only familiar neighborhoods.
• Stay on the sidewalks.
• Cross the street in crosswalks or at the end of the street, but never cross between parked    
   cars.
• Wear comfy shoes with nonskid soles.
• Avoid dark entrances to house and animals you don’t know.
• Wait to get home to eat the treats.

FOR MOTORISTS:
• Slow down in residential areas
• Obey all traffic signals and signs.
• Keep an eye out for kids and be prepared to stop suddenly